How I went from competing to experiencing

Posted by in Feature, Sports Psychology

I have always been highly competitive, especially in individual sports. Perhaps it is because I just love going fast, and nothing makes you feel as fast as when you come flying past your fellow competitors (the only thing that is comparable is racing downhill on my mountain bike). I was (am) a speed junkie (and not the amphetamine kind). After many years of not participating in competitive sport, I did something really crazy, or so most of my...

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Your mental game plan for the Argus Cycle Tour

Posted by in Feature, Psychology, Sports Psychology

As the time grows closer to the Argus Cycle Tour I see more and more cyclists on the road “miles in the legs” in preparation for the big day. As much as getting time in the saddle is important, consider spending some time preparing mentally for the race. Here are six things to consider when preparing mentally for the Argus. Think about what you usually do, both physically and mentally, before you race. Think about what has worked...

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Why you should Be mental about sports

Posted by in Coaching, Feature, Psychology, Sports Psychology

You devote of hours and hours to training your body but how much to you spend training your mind? More and more, athletes and sports teams are turning to sports psychology and mental game coaching to give them the edge in training and competition. Sports psychology is a discipline within psychology that studies how mental processes influence athletic performance while mental game coaching is the practical application of Sports Psychology;...

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How to perform better and have fun doing it

Posted by in Coaching, Feature, Psychology, Sports Psychology

Whether in life, sports, or business, we all want to perform at our best and have fun doing it. For many of us however, optimal or peak experiences do not happen frequently enough. There are three things that impact on peak performance: our thoughts about the past, our thoughts about the future, and what we think about in the moment. The Past: Past thoughts andĀ feelings can impact either positively or negatively on how we perform on any task....

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Chasing that state called “flow”

Posted by in Psychology, Sports Psychology

For a long time I have searched for a reason for our goal-driven nature that went beyond a simple evolutionary psychology explanation: our hard wired drive to perpetuate our gene pool, our need to satisfy basic needs (food, shelter, sex). Goal oriented humans would have had a better chance of survival. Without a goal oriented nature we would not hunt or gather. But in the developed world at least, those basic human needs are generally taken...

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